Colorado Corn Meets with Congressional Delegation
Colorado Corn Growers spent a few long days holding a virtual fly in with members of the state’s congressional delegation.
Colorado Corn’s Executive Director Nick Colglazier tells Colorado Ag Today the growers wanted to address three main concerns:
Colglazier: “Disaster relief, transportation infrastructure and the third is ethanol.”
A study on the effects of COVID-19 on the losses to corn growers shows the impacts were immediate and long term.
“Looking at the 2019 crop year it was about $59.00 per acre on average because of the markets and corn that hadn’t been sold. Knowing that the pandemic wasn’t going away anytime soon, we turned our attention to the 2020 crop year. And that one was even more impactful and the average across the nation for a corn farmer was $89.00 an acres.
Colorado corn growers biggest customers are livestock and ethanol both of which were seriously impacted when the pandemic hit.
Colglazier says they also took the opportunity to remind elected officials that corn growers get financial help with flood and drought damage but, the WHIP Plus program does not include hail damage. Colorado growers can see entire crops wiped out after a hail storm.
Colglazier says they held their virtual meetings with congressional representatives Ken Buck, Jason Crow, Ed Perlmutter, Scott Tipton, Diana Degette as well as Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet.